From Pluralpedia, the collaborative plurality dictionary
cephaconscious (n., adj.)
Applies tosystems, system functions
CoinerThe Wilderness

Cephaconscious refers to a system, or sisasystem, that has fluid, monoconscious-like switching, but members of the system who are not in front have their own, separate consciousness in headspace/are polyconscious in headspace.[1]

Experiences a cephaconscious system may have:

  • having one distinct consciousness for fronting, that whoever is in front “steps into”, while system members who are not currently fronting have their own consciousness separate from the body
  • switching feels like “becoming” someone else, as described in monoconscious systems
  • in the headspace, each system member feels as though they have a distinct, separate consciousness of their own
  • system members are polyconscious in the headspace (when not fronting)
  • accessing the headspace from the front can be difficult without an excessive amount of concentration.

The term stems from the word cephalopod. Cepholopods represent the idea of having one fronting-consciousness (represented by the head) and being polyconscious in headspace (represented by the tentacles).

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Hydraconscious systems similarly have aspects of polyconscious and monoconscious systems, though not necessarily connected to fronting.

Systems with a shell may call themselves cephaconscious.

Atrium Systems have memory management similar to this concept.

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The flag is meant to represent a mix of the monoconscious and polyconscious flags by using both blue and red which are used in the mono-/polyconscious flags respectively.

The blue stripes represent the “fluid-like” switching like in monoconscious systems and the red stripes represent the experience of system members being polyconscious when not in front. The white and the gray stripe represent becoming one with the consciousness of the front when switching.

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